Do you want to know a secret? Read ‘The Biology of Belief” to find the answers to good health and well being.
Always fascinated with the mind and body connection I spend a lot of my reading time soaking up information relating to just that, our mind body connection. I want to share with you a fascinating book titled ‘The Biology of Belief’ written by Bruce H Lipton, PH.D originally published in 2005. Dr Bruce Lipton has revolutionised the way we think about our cells in terms of nature versus nurture. He goes on to say that we are not products of our genes but rather it is how our genes responds to the environment which will determine how we live our life. This is very exciting news, why? Because this means that our lifestyle is in charge of our health and wellbeing not our genetics. Dr Lipton goes on to demonstrate that our mind is more powerful than drugs. I have included three quarters of Dr Lipton’s prologue to whet your appetite to know more…so happy reading
The Biology of Belief Prologue (Bruce Lipton PH.D)
“if you could be anybody, who would you be?” I used to spend an inordinate amount of time pondering that question. I was obsessed with the fantasy of changing my identity because I wanted to be anybody but me. I had a good career as a cell biologist and medical school professor, but htat didn’t make up for the fact that my personal life was, at best, a shambles. The harder I tried to find happiness and satisfaction in my personal life, the more dissatisfied and unhappy I became. In my reflective moments, I resolved to surrender to my unhappy life. I decided that fate had dealt me a bad hand and I should simply accept it, que, sera.
In the fall of 1985, my depressed, fatalistic attitude changed in one transformational moment. I had resigned my tenured position at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and was teaching at an off shore medical college in the Caribbean Sea, I experienced a scientific epiphany that shattered my beliefs about the nature of life.
My life changing moment occurred while I was reviewing my research on the mechanisms by which cells control their physiology and behaviour. Suddenly I realised that a cell’s life is fundamentally controlled by the physical and energetic environment with only a small contribution by its genes. Genes are simply molecular blueprints used in the construction of cells, tissues and organs. The environment serves as a “contractor” who reads and engages those genetic blueprints and is ultimately responsible for the character of a cell’s life. It is a single cell’s awareness of the environment that primarily sets into motion the mechanisms of life.
As a cell biologist I knew that my insights had powerful ramifications for my life and the lives of all human beings. I was acutely aware that each of us is made up of approximately fifty trillion single cells. I had devoted my professional life to better understanding single cells because I knew then and know now that the better we understand single cells the better we understand the community of cells that comprises each human body and that if single cells are controlled by their awareness of the environment so too are wee trillion-celled human beings. Just like a single cell, the character of our lives is determined not by our genes but by our response to the environmental signals that propel life.
On the one hand, this new understanding of the nature of life was a jolt. For close to two decades I had been programming biology’s central dogma – the belief that life is controlled by genes into the minds of biology students. On the other hand my new understanding was not a complete surprise. I had always had niggling doubts about genetic determinism. Some of those doubts stemmed from my eighteen years of Government –funded research on cloning stem cells. Though it took a sojourn outside of traditional academia for me to fully realise it, my research at that time (1985) offered incontrovertible proof that biology’s most cherished tenets regarding genetic determinism were fundamentally flawed.
My new understanding of the nature of life not only corroborated my stem cell research but also, I realised, contradicted another belief of mainstream science of that time. I had been propounding to my students – the belief that allopathic medicine is the only kind of medicine that merits consideration in medical school. By finally giving the energy-based environment its due, it provided for a grand convergence uniting the science and practice of allopathic medicine, complimentary medicine, and the spiritual wisdom of ancient and modern faiths.
On a personal level, I knew at the moment of insight that I had gotten myself stuck simply believing that I was fated to have a spectacularly unsuccessful personal life. There is no doubt that human beings have a great capacity for sticking to false beliefs with great passion and tenacity, and hyper-rational scientists are not immune. Our well developed nervous system, headed by our big brain, is a testament that our awareness is far more complicated than that of a single cell. When our uniquely human minds get involved, we can choose to perceive the environment in different ways, unlike a single cell whose awareness is more reflexive.
I was exhilarated by the new realisation that I could change the character of my life by changing my beliefs. I was instantly energised because I realised that there was a science-based path that would take me from my job as a perennial ‘victim’ to my new position as “co-creator” of my destiny.
This book is a great read if you too want to know more about how you have the inbuilt capacity to change your beliefs and change your life…a great read.